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FlexiSketch: A mobile sketching tool for software modeling


Wüest, Dustin; Seyff, Norbert; Glinz, Martin (2012). FlexiSketch: A mobile sketching tool for software modeling. In: Fourth International Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications and Services (MobiCASE), Seattle, USA, 11 October 2012 - 12 October 2012, 225-244.

Abstract

Although most software engineers have access to various modeling tools, they often use paper and pencil to sketch ideas and to support modeling activities. This is particularly true when they are working in the field, for example gathering requirements from stakeholders. Sketches documented on paper very often need to be re-modeled in order to allow further processing – an error-prone and time-consuming task. The aim of our work is to better integrate these early sketching and modeling activities into the overall software engineering process. We have prototyped FlexiSketch, a mobile application that supports freeform, flexible, in-situ modeling and allows software engineers to annotate their models. Apart from the application and the underlying conceptual solution we also present the results of initial experiments. Those suggest that the tool supports freeform sketching similar to paper and pencil, and that practitioners would be willing to use a tool like FlexiSketch in their daily work.

Abstract

Although most software engineers have access to various modeling tools, they often use paper and pencil to sketch ideas and to support modeling activities. This is particularly true when they are working in the field, for example gathering requirements from stakeholders. Sketches documented on paper very often need to be re-modeled in order to allow further processing – an error-prone and time-consuming task. The aim of our work is to better integrate these early sketching and modeling activities into the overall software engineering process. We have prototyped FlexiSketch, a mobile application that supports freeform, flexible, in-situ modeling and allows software engineers to annotate their models. Apart from the application and the underlying conceptual solution we also present the results of initial experiments. Those suggest that the tool supports freeform sketching similar to paper and pencil, and that practitioners would be willing to use a tool like FlexiSketch in their daily work.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Event End Date:12 October 2012
Deposited On:29 Jan 2013 10:03
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 19:03
Publisher:Springer-Verlag
ISBN:978-3-642-36631-4
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Related URLs:http://mobicase.org/2012/show/home
http://www.springer.com/computer/communication+networks/book/978-3-642-36631-4
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:7770

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